Telia Carrier, BICS and Retelit establish new backhaul routes into Europe


Two new backhaul routes are being established into Europe, as wholesalers Telia Carrier and BICS unveiled new deals.

Telia Carrier will provide IoT backhaul connectivity for Ooredoo, which sees the Qatar-based operator’s IoT traffic connected through a single network hop to Ericsson’s device connection platforms (DCPs).

The backbone creates a secure transport layer by segregating IoT traffic from the public internet, allowing it to meet the availability, latency and reliability demands of critical IoT applications.

Through Erisson’s DCPs, Ooredoo’s enterprise customers can manage and monitor the IoT connectivity of their devices in Europe.

In addition, Proximus-owned BICS has teamed up with Italian infrastructure provider Retelit to establish an end-to-end backhaul route between locations on the European mainland and Asia.

The two companies said it would serve demand for high capacity and low latency connectivity from Asia, the Middle East and Africa to European locations such as Milan, Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris.

To enable this, the companies will route traffic from the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system through Retelit’s AAE-1 landing in Bari, Italy, into their combined infrastructure in Italy and Europe. The 25,000km AAE-1 cable route currently connects Italy as well as Greece and France to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, UA, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The deal will now provide an end-to-end backhaul route from Europe to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Meanwhile, iBasis and Turkcell collaborated to open an IPX point of presence in Istanbul. This will provide Eurasian and Middle Eastern mobile operators with a point of contact for global IPX reach.